A statement on behalf of those soldiers killed in the Iraq war has called on the Government to follow up the findings of this morning’s damning report.
Sir John Chilcot published his findings into the 2003 invasion, which heavily criticised the Government’s led by Prime Minister Tony Blair.
The statement reads: “Never again must so many mistakes be allowed to sacrifice so many British lives and lead to the destruction of a country for no positive end.
“We must use this report to make sure that all parts of the Iraq War fiasco are never repeated again, not in the theatre of war, or in the theatre of White Hall.
“We now look on the British Government, to follow up Sir John’s findings.”
Sir John’s report has taken seven years to be published, contains more than 2.6 million words and cost more than £9 million.
Speaking from the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London this morning, Sir John said: “The UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options have been exhausted.
“Military action at the time was not a last resort.”
He said that the legal basis for war was not satisfactory, the UK’s involvement in Iraq ‘ended a very long way from success’ and that it was it went ‘badly wrong with consequences to this day’.